John Phillips was the lead trial lawyer for Plaintiffs in the Oso Landslide case that produced a $60 million settlement against the State of Washington and a timber company on October 10, 2016. John co-counseled with Corrie Yackulic in representing sixteen plaintiffs. These sixteen plaintiffs represented twenty-two individuals who lost their lives or who were themselves injured in the March 22, 2014 landslide that destroyed the community of Steelhead Haven. For articles regarding resolution of the case, see State Settles Oso Mudslide Lawsuit For $50 Million, Timber Company Reaches $10 Million Settlement In Oso Landslide Suit, and DNR must rethink logging and landslides.
PLG obtained compensatory and punitive sanctions against the State of Washington for destruction of expert emails and then covering up such willful destruction of documents over the course of Oso Landslide case, in which PLG co-counseled with Corrie Yackulic in representing sixteen plaintiffs. These sixteen plaintiffs represented twenty-two individuals who lost their lives or who were themselves injured in the March 22, 2014 landslide that destroyed the community of Steelhead Haven. On October 10, 2016, Judge Roger Rogoff awarded sanctions totaling $1,182,996.06.00, the largest such sanction ever levied against the State of Washington. The Court’s Sanction Order may be read here, and you may read a newspaper article and editorial regarding the sanctions.
PLG represented a Fortune 500 company and prevailed on appeal, obtaining affirmance of summary judgment for the defendant in an alleged pharmaceutical product defect suit.
On July 22, 2014, PLG won the appeal of a mesothelioma victim whose case was dismissed in the Superior Court. PLG took over the appeal and obtained a reversal remanding for trial against the defendant. Read the article here.
On February 19, 2013, PLG obtained dismissal of “outrage” claims against Lasik surgeon, which dismissal was affirmed on appeal. Read decision here.
On July 22, 2014, on appeal, PLG obtained reversal of dismissal of asbestos victim’s claim so the case could be remanded for trial. Read appellate decision here.
On September 13, 2013, John Phillips was elected a Fellow of the International Order of Barristers in “recognition of his outstanding personal and professional qualities, and distinguished attainments as an advocate.”
On March 2, 2013, in Naples, Florida, John Phillips was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers based on his trial work in state and federal court around the country.
On June 1, 2010, PLG won a $2.8 million jury trial verdict in King County Superior Court where it represented a medical malpractice plaintiff who was first diagnosed with Bipolar I Disorder in her early sixties and whose inadequately treated mania resulted in the plaintiff becoming psychotic and causing a fire in her home. She was arrested and spent 10 months in jail, before being released to supervised medical care. Here is the Jury’s Verdict.
On April 27, 2009, PLG obtained class certification for a class of Washington Mercedes Benz purchasers who were no longer able to use their analog Tele-Aid equipment after 2007 and were forced either to stop using it or to spend significant sums to replace it with digital equipment. The case is in Multi-District Litigation in federal court in New Jersey before Judge Debevoise who issued the class certification order governing the Washington class and classes from a number of other states. Here is the Order Granting Class Certification